Instant replay has completely changed the landscape of the way sports are played. It no longer makes it a “he-said, she-said” type of argument for officials, but rather offers video evidence.
The idea of having replays in football and basketball is so that the refs can get the call right.
However, after a game-winning three at the buzzer by Sabatino Chen for the Colorado Buffaloes was called off last night, nullifying the shot and effectively the Buffaloes upset of No. 3 ranked Arizona, Colorado coach Tad Boyle wants to do away with replay.
ESPN’s Andy Katz reported the story, quoting Boyle as saying, “‘Get rid of instant replay,’ Boyle told ESPN.com by phone from Tucson. ‘In basketball, football, human error is part of our game. If human error is part of the game, let the officials call the game. Players, coaches and officials will make mistakes. It’s part of the game…We spend all this money on replays and we still can’t get it right. Get rid of it.’”
Though Boyle has a right to be pissed from the looks of the replay that shows the ball having left Chen’s hand right as time expired, he might be overreacting just a tad.
It’s fine to criticize the officials if they were blatantly wrong, and if you’re willing to pay the fine, but replay, for the most part, has made the game better.
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